Recipe: Sausage Balls

This easy three-ingredient recipe yields dozens of bite-sized sausage balls that are way too addicting.

Lee Harrelson

Three takes on this classic Southern appetizer.

Hot appetizers don’t get much easier, or tastier, than sausage balls. All it takes is a single bowl and a few ingredients to make a homemade finger food that no man, woman, or child will be able to turn down. Sausage balls have that sort of effect on Southerners.

While we’re a fan of traditional sausage balls made with baking mix (usually Bisquick), ground sausage, and grated cheese, sometimes it’s nice to change things up a little bit. And sausage balls are infinitely adaptable—yet another reason we love them!

If you wouldn’t think of hosting Thanksgiving—or any get-together—without a plate of sausage balls, here are three tasty takes on this popular appetizer. Take your pick, there is a recipe to suit every crowd.

The Classic

Looking for no-frills Sausage Balls? Our traditional recipe calls for baking mix, hot pork sausage, and sharp Cheddar. You can also swap out the spicy sausage for sweet sausage, or add an herbal note with a teaspoon of rosemary, thyme, or rubbed sage.

Deliciously Different

Made with peppery Mexican-style chorizo, tender roasted sweet potatoes, sharp Cheddar, and a hint of cinnamon, these Sweet Potato-Chorizo Sausage Bites are a delicious and creative take on a classic. They are delicious eaten on their own, or served with the tangy-sweet scuppernong jelly and Dijon mustard sauce.

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Mama’s with a Twist

Made in a miniature muffin pan, these Breakfast Sausage Meatballs with Apple Butter Dipping Sauce are small in size but each one is bursting with sweet-savory flavor from grated apples and onions, fresh sage, and Parmesan cheese. A coating of crispy breadcrumbs also makes this recipe something special. Serve the sausage balls with a simple dipping sauce of apple butter and honey mustard.